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Ballon d’Eurosport – No.23: Manuel Neuer

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This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.

The Ballon d'Eurosport explained.

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Neuer would surely appear higher on this list if the Bundesliga was as popular – and by that we mean ‘watched’ – outside Germany as, say, La Liga, Serie A or the Premier League.

The Germany goalkeeper won a domestic and European treble, went four Champions League knockout matches without conceding goals against Juventus and Barcelona, and rarely – if ever – makes a hint of an error.

In his first term at Bayern he broke Oliver Kahn’s record last season by going over 1000 minutes without conceding a goal, and kept a total of 26 clean sheets for club and country last season.

Neuer has come a long way since being abused by Bayern fans angry their club had signed a keeper from Schalke, and for those not blinded by the profiles of Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon, he is quite possibly the best goalkeeper in the world.

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How Eurosport voted

We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.

Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

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